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Whether you’re working in a small mom-and-pop retail pharmacy or for a giant like CVS, pharmacists perform a variety of tasks relating to patient care both in the pharmacy and outside of it. Getting a pharmacist position is not always easy, and it’s important to present yourself in the best light possible when submitting a CV. Here’s how you can showcase your skills in a pharmacist CV.
The CV header will always go at the top of the CV, no matter what CV format you use. This header will include your full name, and contact information including your phone number and email, and social media handles, including your LinkedIn profile if applicable. This helps hiring managers to know who you are immediately, as well as keep your job application organised.
Personal statement or objective
The personal statement or objective lays out how your relevant experience impacts what you can do for the company. It’s a two to three sentence paragraph that introduces your career background, and lists some of your specialities, as well as one or two of your biggest achievements.
The next thing to look for is your skills section. The perfect CV should have a variety of pharmacist skills available. Use these bullet points to flesh out the skills you might use for your pharmacist job:
Note that this list includes both hard skills and soft skills. Healthcare professionals, in general, need to have both hard and soft skills, and a clinical pharmacy worker is considered a healthcare professional. Make sure you’re listing both types of skills for best results.
The experience section includes your years of experience and what you’ve done with them. If you’ve previously worked in a healthcare position or as a pharmacist elsewhere, list those experiences here. You can also list internships in this section, as interns are learning just as much about the craft as pharmacy technicians. List your previous jobs in reverse chronological order, with the most recent work experience first.
It’s also important that you fill out your education section so that the recruiter knows you’re able to practise legally. In the United States, you typically need a Doctor of Pharmacy, also called a PharmD, to prescribe medications and talk to clients about what medications they’re taking. UK- recognised pharmacist qualifications include:
A cover letter is a great tool for any application, including a pharmacist application. When you go to apply for a job, make sure you check the pharmacist cover letter example page on the CVHelp website. This can help you build your cover letter more effectively.
Pharmacists that are fresh out of school will want to emphasise their skills and certifications for best results. If you had an internship, then you can also reference it, as well as volunteer or academic work, as long as it relates to the position you want.
CV keywords are what you need to look at if you’re trying to apply to different pharmacist jobs. Each job will have different keywords associated with it: the skills and requirements for the position, as listed in the job description. Address these keywords in your own CV – this will help your CV pass reviews from applicant tracking systems (ATS) that hiring managers use to screen CVs.
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